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[tal-ee-muh n] /ˈtæl i mən/
noun, plural tallymen.
a person who tallies or keeps account of something.
British. a person who sells merchandise on the hire-purchase system.
Origin of tallyman
First recorded in 1645-55; tally + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I noticed it, myself, with more especial observation, at my post of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • Some of them had to pay a shilling a week to a tallyman or credit clothier.

  • And the side of bacon lay upon the hillside until the tallyman from Portburdock found it in the morning.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
  • I was again dressed up in a borrowed boiler suit for the duties of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • The only individual who was received with equal cordiality by all ranks, was the tallyman's traveller.

British Dictionary definitions for tallyman


noun (pl) -men
a scorekeeper or recorder
(dialect) a travelling salesman for a firm specializing in hire-purchase
Derived Forms
tallywoman, noun:feminine
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